Important Information to read before updating JAWS 7.1 Beta (fwd)

  • From: Bruce Toews <DogRiver@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 13:08:43 -0500 (CDT)

The following is from Eric at FS. I just got another note from him sayhing that this update should be live within a couple of minutes.

Later this afternoon, we will finally be making the first update to the
public beta available. There is one thing we would like users to know
before they update and if you could help spread the word, it would be

During the first update of the public beta, we ask that users have JAWS
running as an application, not a Service. You can tell if you are
running as a service if the Automatically Start JAWS is checked and JAWS
starts up when you turn on the PC. All you need to do if this is the
case is shut down JAWS (INSERT F4), and then launch it again without
rebooting. The easy way to start it is:
1. Press WINDOWS KEY + R, for the Run Dialog.
2. Type without spaces: jaws71
3. Press enter.

When JAWS 7.10.256 public beta starts, you will be running outside of a
service for sure and it will be OK to then check for updates from the
Help Menu.

If someone does check for updates without doing this first, it will
still work OK but at the end of the update, when they reboot, there may
be an error in WinLogin.exe. When the reboot is completed, everything
will be working OK. The fix for this problem is included in this first
update so for all subsequent updates in the future, it will work fine
either way.

Note that in order to get the update, you must have the Public Beta
version installed and you must be using Windows XP (Pro or Home). We are
not currently making the Check for Update feature available under
Windows 2000.

We should be posting no later than 3 PM Eastern today. The list of fixes
so far is below.

Fixes in the the Update since the first posting in March:

1.      Scripts and other improvements for the Automatic Updates feature
have been added and will be installed with this first update.
Unfortunately, you will only experience the benefit of these
improvements during subsequent updates. As a result, the first time you
run the check for updates feature, you will find that it is not reading
as well as it will be in the future.
2.      When Eloquence encountered a specific misspelling or typo of the
word "seizure" and "have," the synthesizer failed, causing JAWS users to
lose speech. An error message sometimes displayed as well. This issue
has been resolved in the latest JAWS public beta update. If you are
using a previous version of JAWS (7.0 or earlier) or other Freedom
Scientific product with ViaVoice or Eloquence speech, refer to this
Technical Support Notice
<>  for
information on downloading a patch that will prevent this problem from
affecting your software.
3.      When attempting to install the DecTalk USB synthesizer, you are
no longer prompted to specify which COM port you want to use.
4.      Freedom Scientific has made several miscellaneous corrections
for reported errors in the JAWS help system.
5.      The first time you install JAWS on a computer, the system will
be automatically restarted before the installation process begins if it
has been running for longer than 30 minutes. This prevents the talking
installer from timing out.
6.      During installation, if shared files for braille, Eloquence, or
FSDOMS are not all installed, a message displays in order to warn you.
7.      Resolved an issue reported by some customers where the talking
installer failed to initialize during installation.
8.      You can now specify serial ports for Braillex El displays in the
Synthesizer and Braille Manager.
9.      JAWS no longer announces graphics in the Synthesizer and Braille
Manager when you navigate the list of selectable items.
10.     When you move to any standard combo box and use the arrow keys
to select items, the newly selected item in the list is no longer shown
as a Braille Flash message.
11.     The JAWS Find feature now works correctly when Enhanced Edit
Mode is on or when used in WordPad, Outlook, and other applications.
12.     Corrected grammar error reported by customers in the "remove
shared components" message.
13.     The Merge Utility is now available.
14.     The Access Code button in the JAWS About dialog box has been
renamed. It is now the Special Update Code button.
15.     Two new check boxes have been added to the Advanced Options
dialog box, which can be accessed by choosing the Advanced button in the
Basic Settings dialog box. These check boxes allow you to enable or
disable remote access client and server support.
16.     JAWS no longer repeats information multiple times when you
navigate extended and multiple selection list boxes.
17.     In Windows Explorer, JAWS no longer announces the name of a
folder twice after you rename it, press ENTER, and then press UP or DOWN
18.     When performing a Say All, the position of the Virtual Cursor is
now correctly updated so that when you stop, you can begin reading again
from the expected location on the page.
19.     If a Web page contains combo boxes with thousands of entries,
JAWS is now much more responsive when the page is loaded and the combo
box is accessed.
20.     Headings (and their levels) are now reported correctly when
moving through a Web page with Navigation Quick Keys.
21.     JAWS now correctly remembers the position of the Virtual cursor
when two Internet Explorer windows are open.
22.     Resolved an issue where JAWS was repeatedly reading Flash
content on a page when you switched to Forms Mode and navigated to form
23.     If Flash content is suppressed in Default.jcf on the Misc tab of
the HTML Options dialog, it no longer appears on Web pages.
24.     You can now switch to Forms Mode while in combo boxes that are
embedded in headings.
25.     While you are in an open combo box on a Web page, you can now
exit Forms Mode by pressing NUM PAD PLUS.
26.     The PlaceMarker List (CTRL+SHIFT+K) dialog box now displays
correctly even when you are at the top line of a Web page.
27.     When you move to the next/previous element and no more elements
are found, JAWS no longer moves to a blank line and announces an
incorrect message.
28.     Resolved an issue affecting the useability of the Windows Update
29.     Text formatted with the HTML <CENTER> tag is now displayed and
announced correctly.
30.     JAWS now reads the underlying URL and ALT attributes correctly
when you are in Forms Mode and move to a hyperlink.
31.     JAWS now reads and navigates combo boxes formatted as headings
or contained within heading tags.
32.     In Outlook, JAWS no longer announces the window name each time
you use the arrow keys to select a time slot.
33.     In Outlook, resolved an issue reported by some customers where
JAWS was not announcing the group name of "Grouped by" messages when
they collapsed the group.
34.     In Outlook, double speaking of items no longer occurs when you
press HOME, END, PAGE UP, or PAGE DOWN in the message list.
35.     In Outlook, items in the message list are no longer spelled when
you delete messages rapidly.
36.     In Outlook, attachments are no longer announced with the caps
37.     In Outlook, JAWS no longer announces the message deleted from
the list, rather than the newly selected message.
38.     In Outlook, JAWS is correctly announcing collapsed and expanded
39.     In Outlook, JAWS now reads the currently selected message in the
message list when MAGic is running.
40.     In Outlook, the position of the Virtual Cursor is now properly
updated in HTML messages when you activate same page links.
41.     In Outlook, when you open the Virtual View in an empty inbox,
you no longer hear zero items.
42.     In Outlook/Outlook Express, pressing INSERT+F7 now correctly
announces the misspelled word and suggestion in Spell Check.
43.     In Outlook Express, JAWS now says "Edit" instead of "Page
read-only" when you move to the Message field.
44.     In Outlook Express, JAWS no longer double-speaks list items in
the Rules Wizard and Export Address Book dialog box.
45.     In Outlook Express, line breaks are now recognized when you are
reading e-mail messages.
46.     In Outlook Express, if you manually maximize the message edit
window, reading commands no longer temporarily stop working until you
switch to another program with ALT+TAB.
47.     In Outlook Express, JAWS no longer announces position
information when you delete a message in the message list.
48.     In Word, a "ding" sound no longer plays when you use DOWN ARROW
to cross a page boundary.
49.     Resolved an issue reported by some customers in Word where
certain lines in a paragraph were not being announced.
50.     In Word, revisions are no longer spoken twice when you change
the Revisions reading setting in the Adjust JAWS Verbosity (INSERT+V)
dialog box.
51.     In Word, multiple leading tabs for a paragraph no longer cause
JAWS to skip text during Say All.
52.     When you activate Navigation Quick Keys in Word (INSERT +Z) and
check items like spelling mistakes (M) or revisions (R), you can now
press the APPLICATION Key and go to the context menu without turning off
Navigation Quick Keys. When you return to the document, Navigation Quick
Keys remain active. This feature was requested by a customer during a
CSUN presentation.
53.     In Word, when you press INSERT+H in the document window while
Navigation Quick Keys are enabled, the list of Navigation Quick Keys is
now displayed along with the other hot keys.
54.     In Excel, when you press CTRL+SHIFT+A, select "Custom," and
press ENTER, you no longer receive an error message.
55.     In Excel, resolved an issue reported by some customers where
JAWS was not reading certain edit fields when they gained focus.
56.     In Excel, resolved a problem with the first column or row
associated with a title reading the title when the cell gains focus.
57.     In Excel, when you move to the first cell associated with a
title row/column, JAWS announces the title.
58.     In Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, non-contiguous selection in
list views now works correctly.
59.     In Excel, when a merged cell is part of a title area, JAWS can
now announce the merged cell as part of the row/column titles when
related cells gain focus.
60.     Some edit fields in Excel and Access were not speaking when they
gained focus. JAWS should now read these fields properly.
61.     In PowerPoint, double speaking of text in Normal and Slide Show
modes no longer occurs when you press ENTER twice to create blank lines
between text.
62.     In PowerPoint, words in the list of spelling suggestions are now
spoken and spelled as you move through the list.
63.     In the Query design view in Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now
reads the items contained in the Fields list box when you use the arrow
keys to move through the list. Position information is also announced.
64.     In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now reads tri-state check
boxes correctly and displays their state in braille.
65.     In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly speaks the page
name when moving between the tabs of the Customize dialog box.
66.     In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly reads the
current item in the combo boxes found in the Commands tab of the
Customize dialog box.
67.     In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly displays the
state of check boxes on forms in braille.
68.     In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly speaks position
and item information when you navigate the list of tables in the Show
Table dialog box of the Query Design view.
69.     In Microsoft Access 2003, JAWS now correctly reads the selected
item in the Adjust JAWS Verbosity dialog box.
70.     In MSN Messenger, pressing ALT+0 now reads message thread 10
instead of thread 1.
71.     In MSN Messenger, JAWS no longer occassionally stops to echo
characters after you send a long message.
72.     A Yahoo Messenger entry has been added to ConfigNames.ini
73.     In WordPad, if you copy text, quit WordPad, restart WordPad, and
paste the text, the correct text is now inserted into the document. This
issue did not occur if you had a braille display attached.
74.     After opening a form in Adobe Reader 7 and pressing a Navigation
Quick Key, JAWS now correctly reads the element that gains focus.
75.     In Adobe Acrobat/Reader 7.0.5, JAWS now correctly reads controls
in the Find dialog box.
76.     In Lotus Notes, JAWS now reads the labels of all fields in the
Meeting Notice and New Contact forms.
77.     Resolved a number of issues related to Java and Java

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